TEEN LIFE CENTER - MAINTAINING THE MISSION, BROADENING THE SCOPE – January 10, 2021- Since 2008 the Teen Life Center has worked tirelessly to share the love of Christ and to help young single moms be the best moms they can be. Now as they continue to support teens in crisis pregnancy, TLC is broadening the mission to Two Lives Matter, expanding its role to provide material and spiritual support to single moms 19 to 25 and to offer a housing option for single moms 18 to 29. Join host Pastor David Schultz as he welcomes TLC Director Jennifer Simpson to the Engaging Truth microphone.
CHOICES4LIFE – January 3, 2020 - Outspoken life advocate Juda Myers founded CHOICES4LIFE as a way to promote and restore honor and dignity to women and children of rape conception through assault and/or incest. A main goal is to educate the world about the value of every human life conceived. Join Pastor David Schultz as he welcomes Juda to the Engaging Truth microphone.
WHY CHRISTMAS MUSIC MATTERS SO MUCH – December 20, 2020 - Melanie Penn is an acclaimed singer and songwriter based in New York City. Her Christmas album, “Immanuel”, tells the story of Jesus’ birth from the perspective of nearly every character in the narrative. It’s a joyful, heart-warming record that has become a holiday favorite for many. Melanie joins Host Matt Popovits to discuss the power and the importance of Christmas music, especially in a year marked with so much anxiety.
BEING IN MINISTRY – December 6, 2020 - The Rev. John Kieschnick has served in nearly every role imaginable as a pastor, from leading a small rural congregation to shepherding a large urban flock such as Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in the Houston area. Whether mentoring newly-minted pastors or consulting with congregations on major fundraising efforts, it has been a full, fruitful journey. Join Host David Schultz as he welcomes Pastor Kieschnick to discuss his career of faithful service in the challenging times of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
THE LIFE OF A PASTOR – November 29, 2020 - Jeff Muchow has been in pastoral ministry for years. He’s preached countless sermons, counseled hundreds of people, and nurtured the faith of the churches he’s served day in and day out. Join Host Matt Popovits as he digs into the heart and mind of this parish pastor, helping us understand the humanity, the humility, and the joy of those who seek to bring God’s promises to the world.
Coping With COVID – November 15, 2020- Does it feel as if there’s a struggle for your soul between God’s angels and Satan’s minions? Join Pastor David Schultz and host Bill Prewitt as they discuss the Pastor’s recent battle with COVID-19 and his struggle to recover. The healing power of Jesus in triumph!
When a Pastor Prepares to Leave – November 15, 2020 - Pastor David Bahn has been in ministry for decades. He’s preached hundreds and hundreds of sermons, taught countless Bible studies and walked with many people in their faith journey. But in just a handful of week’s he’ll be retiring. Pastor Bahn sits down with host Matt Popovits to discuss how a pastor prepares for retirement, the temptation (even for pastors!) to find our identity in what we do, and how he—and us all—can face the future with peace.
What Your Church Worker Needs – November 8, 2020- Pastor Matt Popovits joins Dr. Gerald Kieschnick, former President of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, to discuss what life is really like for church workers. Overworked, underpaid, and driven by a deep sense of calling, those who work in the church carry unique burdens even as they bring tremendous blessing. How can the compassionate congregant best support and encourage the church workers in their life and what might the local church need to do differently to help ensure a healthy, happy, and faithful crop of leaders in the future?
What You Need to Know About the Next Generation – November 8, 2020- Cassie Moore is a Director of Christian Education and a published author. Her area of expertise is youth and young adults and helping churches and other organizations love and serve them effectively. Pastor Matt Popovits sits down with Cassie to discuss Generation Z and what sets them apart from their predecessors. Specifically, Cassie will give us insights into the unique struggles of 15 - 25 year olds and how they are navigating the trauma of this global pandemic.
Mom, I'm a Girl – November 01, 2020 - After a lifelong struggle with his gender identity, Judy Glenney’s son tragically took his own life. Judy’s pain and her son’s journey are documented in her powerful book, “Mom, I’m a Girl.” Judy joins Pastor Matt Popovits to discuss what she’s learned about God’s faithfulness, even in such heartbreaking loss. Judy offers hope to other parents who may be walking a similar path, reminding them—and each of us—that no matter what takes place, God hears and answers our prayers.
Prayers in the Pandemic – October 25, 2020- Join Pastor David Schultz and Bill Prewitt as they discuss how a purposeful daily prayer life can help fortify your faith when you’re unable to follow your regular worship routine due to the pandemic. The concept of prayer as a dialog and not simply an event can help make it a vital part of Christian life.
Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking – October 18, 2020 - Joe Madison is the Executive Director of the non-profit, demand reduction organization “Love People Not Pixels.” Joe and his organization seek to protect vulnerable women and children by working to reduce the demand for human trafficking and prostitution. In this discussion, Pastor Matt Popovits and Joe discuss the connection between pornography and trafficking and how even a recent Netflix production may be helping further the demand for abuse.
Make America Saved Again – October 11, 2020- Christian pastor and author Randall Mooney joins Pastor David Schultz to discuss the decline of the influence of religion in America. “If we diminish the gospel, we diminish God’s power,” Mooney says. “There is no compromise, we have to get into the Word. The Word is where the light is. The Word is where the power is.”
Technology and Troubled Times – October 4, 2020 - Host David Schultz welcomes broadcast engineer Glenn Wheeler to discuss how churches and Christian broadcasters have been forced to adapt to the way God’s word gets to the hungry masses during a pandemic. From streaming Sunday services to ZOOM Bible studies, the Good News finds its way to waiting ears.
A Pastor To Politicians – September 27, 2020 - Scot Wall works in Austin,Texas, at the State Capitol. But he’s not an elected official or a lobbyist. He’s a pastor to the politicians and everyone else whose work brings them into the capitol building. Scot gives us insight into the unique struggles of being an elected official and how his work with the Capitol Commission allows him to share the good news of Jesus with some of the most influential leaders in our state. Matt Popovits hosts.
Dealing With Covid-19 in the Bronx – September 27, 2020 - Rev. Matthew Gonzalez, Pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, NYC, and Host Matt Popovits discuss the pastor’s recent diagnosis with the coronavirus and what it was like to fight the illness. Pastor Gonzalez also shares what it’s like to lead a congregation in the epicenter of the pandemic and to pastor a church where so many have fallen ill and others have succumbed to the virus. What’s the message of hope to be preached when an entire city is on lock-down and hundreds of thousands of your neighbors are sick?